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Area girls soccer players help East to 3-2 win

East's Kaelin Sanderford (Corinth Holders) looks upfield as she dribbles during the July 16 NCCA East-West All-Star girls soccer match at Macpherson Stadium in Greensboro.
BROWNS SUMMIT — In soccer, the box score can only tell so much, especially about those tasked with keeping away goals rather than scoring them. But among soccer talent headed for top …

Bill Howard

From Craggy to Pico Coa

It was tough. Climbing mountains is hard work, especially during the summer in a North Carolina climate. Yet here we were, scaling the fourth-highest peak in the mountain range. Our muscles aching, …

Community Sports

Tradition binds N.C. Wiffle Ball Tournament

Joey Creech, North Carolina Wiffle Ball Hall of Famer, hits a home run over the left field fence for Uncensored during a second-round matchup against the Astros. Creech, who is playing in his 30th year, has been around since the tournament started and became a member of an All-Decade Team for the second time in 2019.
Don’t let the hollow yellow bat and plastic ball fool you — the competition that takes place every July at Smithfield Community Park is serious. With fields measuring only 140 feet to the …
School Sports
East's Anthony Council (Smithfield-Selma) drives the lane during the July 15 NCCA East-West All-Star boys basketball game in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Council makes the most of East-West experience

GREENSBORO — Checking in at 5-foot-9 with teammates who towered nearly a foot over him, Anthony Council was the shortest player to take the floor in the 71st annual North Carolina Coaches …
North Johnston running back Rakuan Rodrigues, in his first season with the program after transferring from Smithfield-Selma, catches a pass during an interception drill held at the school on July 10.

NJ football to unveil new-look in 2019

If it’s hard now, it’ll be easier later. This summer, that mantra is driving the North Johnston football program out in the summer heat of July. During preseason workouts on July …
Pro Sports
Mudcats shortstop Brice Turang stands next to  manager Joe Ayrault on third base after hitting a double in the third inning of a July 18 matchup against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Five County Stadium. Turang later scored that inning to give the Mudcats, playing as the Micro Brews, their only run of the game.

Brewers No. 2 prospect Brice Turang on fast track on the farm

ZEBULON — Shortstop Brice Turang likes to go bowling. But with plenty on his plate in the minor league, that time for hobbies had to be reallocated.  “I’m into …
UNC Notebook
Tar Heels’ backcourt undergoes massive restructuring after busy week

The last week for North Carolina basketball has been about as eventful as an offseason week can get.  On Tuesday, the Tar Heels signed Cole Anthony (Oak Hill …

NC State Notebook
Spring game a chance for Knight to carve out spot

N.C. State will get its first look at the 2019 team when the program hosts its annual Kay Yow Spring Game on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. The intrasquad contest will kick off at 1 …

Duke Notebook
Jones makes history for Blue Devils at No. 6 pick

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones left school one year early with a number of first-round guarantees from NFL organizations. The gamble paid off, as Jones heard his name called by commissioner Roger …

ECU Notebook
Houston installs new system, culture for Pirates

New East Carolina head coach Mike Houston didn’t shy away from transparency throughout his first spring with the Pirates. When ECU had a bad practice, like the team’s first day in pads …